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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Our take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppsan (126) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice thick creamy head. Aroma and taste is full of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and hops. Mouth feel is thinner than most RISs, increasing drinkability. Lovely, well-balanced brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (802) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, short lived tan head. Tart roasted malt smell.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (1977) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head. Malty with roasted tones. Malt, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Full body with along, bitter chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is the old label, so it should be a few years old. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, light char, molasses, raisin, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, light char, raisin, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with big flavor robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with big robustness and very easy sipping. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle pour opaque black. Nose roast, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of vegetal. Taste lots of coffee, roast, chocolate, and a long bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cool_Bond (1218) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
The flavor and aroma of chocolate, black malt and coffee. Long after taste that I enjoy. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joakgust (825) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle, 355ml - Opaque dark brown beer with a light brown head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, coffee, licorice, nuts and burnt toast. Flavor is salty with notes of licorice, chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar and alcohol. Warming but not very inspiring imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franzen (274) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2013
Lots of leather, burnt and coffe and some sour aromas. The appearance is relly dark and opaque. The taste is intense in coffee and has notes of smoke, wood, burnt and leather. The taste and especially the finish quite much reassembles a good scotch most closely to the islay variety. It has a full body, creamy texture and a soft carbonation which goes very well with the style. The finish is nice, long and leathery. A really nice imperial stout, and if you love a good scotch you’ll love this stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1088) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Ar: roastiness, smoke, Smoked meat, pumpernickel, spicy, alcohol, heavy licorice, alcohol, coffee, tar. Ap: black colour, medium Brown head, lacing. T: medium bite, medium bitterness, heavy saltiness,lots of smoke, ash and Smoked meat, ABV is evident. P: big body, soft carbonation. T: enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1530) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2013
Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, karamell, sirap med toner av laktris (anis) vanilj och tobak. Väldigt söt, krämig, tjock och len med en lätt beska med smak av bitter choklad.


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